Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 2, 2013

Coming Wednesday: No permits obtained for faulty splash pad

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— TRAVERSE CITY — A state official said "political pressure" nudged state regulators into prematurely allowing a splash pad to open at Clinch Park, a sparkling new feature that subsequently rained water contaminated with human waste on a half-dozen children.

Paul Sisson, an environmental engineering specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, gave the city permission to open the splash pad on June 27 without a construction permit or state license to operate.

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